I thought that after almost two weeks of frost during the night that it would be difficult to find ‘summery’ flowers for my vase this week (I usually pick the flowers on Friday or Saturday to enjoy them at the weekend) but while some plants had succumbed to the frost others were still doing fine. I am sure this is because the temperatures haven’t actually fallen that low, just low enough for ice crystals to form but not below minus 1 or 2. Tender annuals often die at zero °C but a lot of other plants are hardy to minus 5 hence this being one of the categories in RHS books.
I could have picked some more Rosa Molineux but thought it would be nice to have a change so I picked Rosa Old Blush, the stems are very thin at present and all the flower heads are quite downward facing, which they’re not when they flower earlier in the year. Other flowers and foliage include Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ and Teucrium fruticans and a lone Knautia.
Cathy’s new meme at Rambling in the garden is on Monday but I think that’s fine and not a cheat that I pick my flowers earlier. Do visit her Monday post to see what treasures she has found in her garden today and find what others are picking from their gardens in December.